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Metso Outotec signs contracts in Russia for zinc, copper projects

By Mary Page Bailey |

Metso Outotec Corp. (Helsinki, Finland) has signed a contract to deliver a complete package of key process equipment for a greenfield zinc plant in Verkhny Ufaley in the Chelyabinsk region in Russia. The contract value of approximately EUR 100 million has been booked in Metso Outotec’s fourth-quarter 2020 order intake, a quarter of which will be booked in Minerals segment and the rest in Metals segment.

“Metso Outotec has been supplying minerals processing and metals refining technologies to our customers in Russia for a long time. The new zinc plant will utilize Metso Outotec’s proprietary technology, which is both sustainable and highly cost-effective,” says Jari Ålgars, President, Metals business area at Metso Outotec.

The order includes equipment package for Zinc concentrate processing, iron precipitation, solution purification and electrowinning technologies for safe and sustainable zinc processing based on OKTOP reactor and plant products. The order also contains a circuit heat recovery system, zinc electrowinning and ingot casting equipment as well as high-efficiency cooling towers for zinc electrowinning and gypsum removal with drastically reduced emissions compared to conventionally designed cooling towers. It also includes clarifying solutions for consistent solid-liquid separation, high-performance Larox FP and RB filters with low energy consumption, as well as fully integrated digital process automation for more reliable and flexible operation.

Metso Outotec also signed a contract for the delivery of key minerals processing technology to a new high-capacity copper concentrator in Russia. The customer and the contract value are not disclosed. Deliveries with similar scope typically exceed EUR 100 million. The order is booked in Metso Outotec’s fourth quarter 2020 orders received. In June 2020, Metso Outotec received an EUR 23 million order for two primary crushing stations for the same concentrator plant.

The concentrator will have four production lines with a total processing capacity of at least 80 million tonnes of ore per annum. Metso Outotec will deliver the main process equipment for grinding, flotation and dewatering, including grinding mills, TankCell flotation cells in different sizes between 30 and 630 cubic meters, pressure filters, on-line sampling and analyzing system, field instrumentation and Proscon automation for the whole concentrator plant. Equipment deliveries will take place during 2022 and 2023.

“We are extremely pleased about this order. The new concentrator, based on Metso Outotec’s proven proprietary technology, will enable our customer to build and develop their operations in a sustainable way and get the best value from their assets,” says Stephan Kirsch, President, Minerals business area at Metso Outotec.

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